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[rpd] Resignation of Policy Development Appeal Committee member
ubah.tonyiyke at gmail.com
Tue Feb 16 18:50:16 UTC 2021
I'm confused. You apparently have some reservations about the past
co-chairs, or about my response, could you be direct, and speak frankly as
While I referenced my previous comments which bothered on the issue of the
co-chairs, this was to buttress my point on the need for the community to
communicate with more decorum while addressing one another(AFRINIC staff
Taking up a paid position demands a good measure of respect for those being
led/Serviced, more so those who have volunteered to serve. I have clearly
argued that there should be respect for these individuals and their mental
health should be put into considerations while debating or in dispute.
There are a few with a penchant for bullying and oppressing
officials until their demands are met. I speak up against these.
I have spoken directly, and hope this is frank enough.
On Tue, Feb 16, 2021 at 7:22 PM Fernando Frediani <fhfrediani at gmail.com>
> Guys, please let's speak frankly and directly.
> It seems there is a bit of regret due to the fact that the work done is
> voluntary. And because of that I read some people suggesting that those in
> these roles are excused to commit mistakes and eventually violate rules
> (regardless if it was unintentional or not) as it happened recently and was
> confirmed by the Recall Committee.
> It is always good to have people volunteered for a lot of community things
> but nobody may use the volunteer status as an excuse to do things in the
> wrong way.
> Sometimes you don't have very much experienced volunteers but have people
> trying to do their best to fix their own mistakes when warned by other and
> carry things on. I believe the previous Co-Chairs were given enough chances
> for quiet a while to fix wrong decisions but they decided to keep them,
> despite some unnecessary reactions coming from them as pointed by Recall
> Committee report as well.
> I have no idea why some people form the Appeal Committee have resigned but
> if they either they were not prepared, they were feeling pressured or had
> other more important stuff to do it was a good thing their resignation.
> Then Board of Directors appoints new people willing to serve and knowing
> the situation. That's how the PDP works and we keep moving.
> So in resume let's not to use the "volunteer" argument that reduces the
> seriousness of the job to be done or as an excuse to commit mistakes and
> not be able to fix them. If one is not prepared perhaps it's just not time
> to accept the role yet.
> On 16/02/2021 15:00, Anthony Ubah wrote:
> Hello Jaco,
> I completely agree with you. I think we should be gravely worried.
> I'm no expert, but it is appropriate to investigate these occurrences.
> The unfair criticism and aggressive behavior of community members towards
> volunteers are uncalled for, and calls to question the mentality of these
> volunteers in discharging their duties moving forward.
> There is a need to review the conduct of community members towards members
> who have volunteered in good faith.
> I have spoken about the misconduct from members of this community towards
> voluntary officials in countless comments in the RPD.
> One of such is my response to you in "REQUEST TO RECALL THE AFRINIC PDWG
> CO-CHAIRS", on Nov 17, 2020
>> Hello Jaco
>> I will have to agree with Daniel.
>> It is sad to note that these Co-Chairs have been stretched, dragged, and
>> bullied by members of the community since I can remember. with respect to
>> the policies being discussed, the co-chairs who were elected by the
>> community were pushed by voices in the community to take action. Reaction
>> to actions taken will always be relative and comes with divided views as
>> before actions were taken.
>> They have worked under immense pressure to man such a difficult community
>> as ours, and have endured tsunamis of pressure from different matters
>> arising, members and perhaps interest groups clamoring for their biddings
>> to be done against that of other members. What will the replacement do
>> Chairing a community like this at this time has proven to be very
>> complex. A call for their removal is unwarranted. People must learn to
>> agree to disagree sometimes for calm and order to ensure, or perhaps follow
>> due process and exercise patience for the process to run it’s course
>> naturally. I will also say this call it is in bad taste, and may cause a
>> fracture in an already battered structure.
>> I ran for and lost the race for one of the then-available seats in
>> Kampala, there I spoke about the hostility, intimidations, and bullying
>> which I felt and still feel is resident in the community, prompting me to
>> run. I stated clearly that these factors are responsible for discouraging
>> younger generations from actively participating and bringing in fresh ideas
>> into the community. Today, I dared not declare interest in running for a
>> seat in this capacity at Afrinic again because of these persistent
>> happenings...But I digress
>> This call may set bad precedence within the community and It should be
>> rejected this time. ........
> Another such comment is on the thread "Re: Community Feeback" on Dec 2,
> I wrote;
> " +1
>> From my understanding, the co-chair role is a voluntary role, and a very
>> tasking one at it. The truck loads of pressure and opposition is really
>> alarming and this makes the role very difficult and unattractive for the
>> next sets of volunteers.
>> There should be respect and decorum in dealing with, and most especially
>> opposing them. Since it is unrealistic to please everyone, patience and
>> understanding is key from us all in the community too.
>> Like Daniel Yakmut has said, if it is difficult to cope with the human
>> nature of the elected co-chairs, perhaps we should seek an auto regulating
>> model, and run on some sort of poll opinions. That way charts and numbers
>> will settle differences and no one can have reasons to be disgruntled.
> We must explore new ways to protect these volunteers and their mental
> Best Regards,
> UBAH ANTHONY
> *Best Regards,*
> *UBAH ANTHONY*
> On Tue, Feb 16, 2021 at 3:19 PM Jaco Kroon <jaco at uls.co.za> wrote:
>> Hi SM,
>> This is the second resignation from the AC in less than a week.
>> Should we be worried?
>> Kind Regards,
>> On 2021/02/16 15:34, chair at afrinic.net wrote:
>> > Dear Policy Development Working Group,
>> > Ms Wafa Dahmani informed the AFRINIC Board of Directors of her
>> > resignation from the Policy Development Appeal Committee member with
>> > immediate effect. The Board would like to thank Ms Dahmani for her
>> > work on the Policy Development Appeal Committee.
>> > Regards,
>> > S. Moonesamy
>> > Board Chair, AFRINIC
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